John Cena

by ethnic on February 27, 2008

Birth Name: John Felix Anthony Cena

Place of Birth: West Newbury, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 23, 1977

Ethnicity:
*Italian (father)
*French-Canadian, English (mother)

John Cena is an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper, and reality television show host.

John is the son of Carol Frances (Lupien) and John Joseph Cena. John’s father is of Italian descent and John’s mother is of half French-Canadian and around half English ancestry.

The word Cena means “dinner” or “supper” in Italian.

John’s paternal grandfather was Felix Joseph Cena (the son of Agostino/August Cena and Madalena/Madaline/Madolena Baleyns/Belegante/Balegno). Felix was born in Illinois. Agostino and Madalena were Italian immigrants. Agostino was born in Livorno/Leghorn, Province of Livorno, Tuscany, the son of Guiseppe Cena and Margaret. Madalena was the daughter of Felice Baleyns/Belegante and Angela Gralia.

John’s paternal grandmother was Caterino/Catherine/Katherine Ann DiVincenzo (the daughter of Antonio DiVincenzo and Felicia/Felecia Sardella/Saedella). Caterino was born in Massachusetts. Antonio and Felicia were Italian, from Pontecorvo, Province of Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. Antonio was the son of Domenico Ludovico DiVincenzo.

John’s maternal grandfather was Ulysses John “Tony” Lupien (the son of Ulysses John Lupien and Eugenie Marie Gosselin). John’s grandfather Tony Lupien was born in Massachusetts, the son of parents who were of French-Canadian descent. He was a professional baseball player. John’s great-grandfather Ulysses was the son of Francois/Frank Xavier Lupien and Laura Mary/Marie Brusseau/Brouseau. Eugenie was the daughter of Narcisse DesirĂ© J. Gosselin and Marie-Gracieuse “Grace” Guay.

John’s maternal grandmother was Natalie Nichols (the daughter of Charles Nichols and Julie/Julia Helena Skelton). Natalie was born in Massachusetts. Charles was the son of Charles H. Nichols and Martha Emma Dix. Julia was the daughter of Horace T. Skelton and Julia C. Hobbs.

Some web sites claim that John has Arbereshe ancestry. The Arbereshe are an ethnic Albanian group that moved to Southern Italy and Sicily in the 1500s. These claims have not been verified.

Sources: Genealogies of John Cena – http://www.geni.com
https://famouskin.com
https://www.wikitree.com

John’s paternal grandfather, Felix Joseph Cena, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

John’s paternal grandmother, Caterino/Catherine/Katherine Ann DiVincenzo, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandmother, Eugenie Marie Gosselin – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandmother, Eugenie Marie Gosselin (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.ancestry.co.uk

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andrew April 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm
andrew December 20, 2016 at 3:49 pm
andrew December 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm

* Antonio DiVincenzo and Felicia Sardella were born in Pontecorvo, Province of Frosinone, Lazio, Italy.

John’s paternal grandfather, Felix Cena, on the 1920 U.S. Census:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJSS-6DL

John’s paternal grandmother, Katherine Divincenzo, on the 1930 U.S. Census:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQL6-621

“Cena” is Italian for dinner or supper.

savanna December 31, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Mario Cantone referred to Cena as his “Sicilian big brother”.

https://twitter.com/macantone/status/582713058189000704

Don’t know if Cena told him if he was Sicilian or not lol

Bobby Martnen December 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm

http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=cena

Cena does not appear to be a surname with any Albanian origins.

CORRECTION

Leghorn is this proper English name for the city known is Italian as Livorno. (it is known in French as Livourne)

MettaWorkPlease November 27, 2016 at 6:41 am

You’re an idiot. Why would an Italian place needs to have a ‘proper English name’? GTFO

Tux July 15, 2015 at 7:07 pm

You can find people like him from central Italy all the way to the south. People who say X person looks French or Italian or X person doesn’t look French or Italian just because they’re either dark or light just show that they’ve never been to these countries once in their lives because both France and Italy are the most heterogeneous countries in all of Europe. Italians and French people can look like anything. No other country in Europe has as diverse phenotypes in their land as France and Italy does. Even in the north all Italians don’t look the same just as it is in central and the south. This percieved Italian/French look is largely based on America’s limited experience with both these groups. All of their Italians are mostly Sicilians (who also look different from each other). They have no identity how diverse of a country Italy is.

Check7t February 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Looks more British/French than Italian.

dennybb June 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

i don’t thik you ever been to italy or saw a real italians

check on youtube this north italian people

federica fontana

maddalena corvaglia

alessia marcuzzi

paola barale

ilary blasi

antonella clerici

laura chiatti

laura freddi

check on yahoo “Racial reality italians geocities”

Tux July 15, 2015 at 7:15 pm

You don’t need to post only north italians to show how diverse Italian phenotypes are. It can be observed all over. This sentiment on how Italians should look seems to come mostly from Americans whose idea on Italians is entirely based on Hollywood mafia movies played by mostly non italian actors to begin with. Ironically their idea on Italians isn’t the only flawed view on ethnicity they have. They’re also ignorant of the diversity in British or German phenotypes as well. In America all Germans are thought to be fair and blonde however most of the German American immigrants were the total opposite as most were Bavarians.

neiltennant September 24, 2017 at 6:33 am

absolutely right

he does look like anglo more

ihatemostpeople February 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

His father was Mexican. I read this somewhere…..

Check7t February 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

He does not look very Italian.

Nikki June 18, 2014 at 2:47 pm

yeah he doesn’t much

andrew June 18, 2014 at 4:47 pm

too much steroids!

dennybb June 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

i don’t thik you ever been to italy or saw a real italians

check on youtube this north italian people

federica fontana

maddalena corvaglia

alessia marcuzzi

paola barale

ilary blasi

antonella clerici

laura chiatti

laura freddi

check on yahoo “Racial reality italians geocities”

dennybb June 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

i don’t thik you ever been to italy or saw a real italians

check on youtube this north italian people

federica fontana

maddalena corvaglia

alessia marcuzzi

paola barale

ilary blasi

antonella clerici

laura chiatti

laura freddi

check on yahoo “Racial reality italians geocities”

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